the structure of hadrons and the emergence of the nuclear force from QCD. He has broad experience on the use of high-performance computing for performing calculations relevant to hadronic structure and interactions relevant for establishing the connection between QCD and nuclear physics.
Krishna Rajagopal is a professor of physics at MIT and is the associate head for education of the MIT Department of Physics. He obtained his doctorate at Princeton in 1993 and then spent 3 years at Harvard as a junior fellow and 1 year at Caltech before coming to MIT in 1997. Dr. Rajagopal enjoys thinking about QCD in extreme conditions because it requires linking usually disparate strands of theoretical physics, including nuclear physics, particle physics, string theory, condensed matter physics, and astrophysics. His research interests include the properties of the cold dense quark matter that may lie at the centers of neutron stars. His work shows that this stuff is a transparent insulator, not an electric conductor as previously assumed, and may in a certain sense be crystalline. Dr. Rajagopal also studies the hot quark soup that filled the universe shortly after the big bang and that is created in current experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). He uses gauge/gravity duality—originally developed by string theorists trying to understand quantum gravity—to understand properties of hot quark soup. He has also analyzed the critical point in the QCD phase diagram and has proposed signatures for its experimental detection. Dr. Rajagopal serves on the RHIC Program Advisory Committee and the editorial board of Physical Review D. He is a member of the executive committee of the DNP of the APS. He served on the NSAC subcommittee on nuclear theory. He is a fellow of the APS. He was the MIT Class of 1958 assistant professor and has been a DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator and an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow.
R.G. Hamish Robertson is the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics. He took his undergraduate degree at Oxford and his Ph.D. in atomic-beam and nuclear-structure physics at McMaster. Upon graduation, Dr. Robertson went to Michigan State University as a postdoctoral fellow and remained on the faculty, becoming a professor of physics in 1981. In that same year, he joined Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and investigated neutrino mass via tritium beta decay and solar neutrino physics. Dr. Robertson was appointed a fellow of LANL in 1988 and initiated the laboratory’s collaboration in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project. He has served as the U.S. co-spokesman for that project and was scientific director in 2003-2004. Results from this experiment have shown that neutrinos have mass and are strongly mixed in flavor, in contradiction to the Standard Model of particle physics. In 1994, Dr. Robertson took a professorship at the University of Washington, where he is continuing his work in neutrino